Showing how much you appreciate your employees is easy to do, yet many managers don’t take the time to do it. We’ve even heard many people say “I don’t get praise, why should I give it?” By slowing down and treating people the way you want to be treated gives you the power to influence the success of your organization without spending a dime. Here are a few things you can do immediately:
Pause - We are all so busy in our lives that we can come across curt or frustrated, when in fact we’re in a hurry. When you’re interacting with your teammates, slow down (even if you’re speeding internally), make eye contact and listen to what they have to say. Take notes and follow through on things you say you will do.
Show Interest - The lines between work and personal life are more than blurred - they’re gone in many work environments. Have a genuine interest in your employees’ personal lives. You don’t have to be too nosy, but encourage a full life. If they have a favorite activity or hobby, ask about it. Understand and support their passions both inside and outside the workplace.
Praise Behavior You Want to See - We often pat people on the back and give general feedback like “Great job!.” That’s important to do, but also be specific about praise. For instance,“I know you worked late into the evening on that proposal and it was written so well. Thanks so much!” Send quick emails, a short note, meet in-person...yes - do all of the above. And praise way more than you redirect. We suggest 10 to 1 so get out there and offer up positive feedback starting today!
Provide Opportunities to Grow - We hear more people leaving their jobs because they weren’t learning anything new. Provide your teammates opportunities to grow by asking their input on new ways of doing things. Let them shadow an employee from another department for a day. Get them involved in goal setting and include them in a brainstorming session.
Demonstrating gratitude all of the time, every day, with all of your employees will keep them engaged, interested, and ultimately make your life easier because you’ll keep them longer.
Have a few more minutes and want more ideas? Some of these ideas have costs to them, but might work in your company.
From Forbes - 11 Simple Ways to Show Your Employees You Care
From Inc. - 9 Easy Ways to Show Your Employees You Value Them